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Royal Exchange Theatre

World-class theatre in unique surroundings

A high-profile part of the UK's theatre scene for over thirty years, Royal Exchange attracts top acting and writing talent, such as Victoria Wood, Brenda Blethyn and Simon Stephens, to create a varied programme that ranges from comedy, music, drama to family shows.

The Theatre is a spectacular seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, suspended in the centre of the historic Cotton Exchange.  This unique design means all seats are less than nine metres from the circular stage.  The Studio is a smaller 90-seat flexible venue hosting touring and new productions.

In addition to plays and a programme of special events, the Theatre also houses the Craft Shop and Craft Shop Gallery, recognised as a major focal point of contemporary craft work in the North West.

Overlooking the Theatre, an extensive function and conference room can accommodate up to 160 people in a unique setting unrivalled for interior design, location and service.  The Great Hall Café and The Round Restaurant offer an alternative to the bustle of the city.

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